Florida State University senior golfer Carlton Kuhlo will play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, August 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. She is one of 156 players who will tee off beginning Monday in the third oldest championship hosted by the United States Golf Association.
The event has been played annually since 1895 (save two years for World War I and four years for World War II) and is considered to be the most prestigious amateur tournament in women’s golf.
Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) begins play in the eight-round tournament on Monday, August 4 at 8:30 a.m. from hole No. 1 on the historic Nassau Country Club course. Her trio will then play the second round of the tournament on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from hole No. 10. The top 64 players will advance from the two rounds of stroke play to as many as six rounds of match play, beginning Wednesday and running through the championship round on Sunday.
Kuhlo was initially an alternate for the event as she shot a 74 in a sectional qualifier at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga., on July 8. She was invited to play in the U.S. Amateur on July 29 after completing her first round of play in the Trans National Amateur Championship in Elgin, S.C. Upon receiving her invitation, Kuhlo withdrew from the Trans National and set her focus on playing in her first career U.S. Amateur Championship.
“I’m super-excited to play in the U.S. Amateur,” said Kuhlo. “This is the first event I have qualified for and it’s awesome to see my hard work pay off. I am happy to have two of my coaches (head coach Amy Bond and assistant coach Matt Savage) up here with me; both of them being with me makes this moment even more special.”
Kuhlo is one of three returning seniors for the Seminoles, who begin their fall season at the Mo Morial Invitational at Texas A&M on September 9. She enjoyed her best and most productive season as a Seminole during the spring of 2014 as she was a member of the Seminoles’ line up for the ACC Championships and the NCAA East Regional at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee. Kuhlo established career-bests for a single round score (68 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational), for 36 holes (145 in both the Alamo Invitational and the Lady Gator Invitational) and a three-round tournament score (219 at the Lady Gator Invitational) and earned the best finish of her career as she placed in a tie for 13th at the Lady Gator during the season.
“As a golfer, your ultimate goals are to play in the most elite tournaments,” said Florida State head coach Amy Bond, who will serve as Kuhlo’s caddy during the event. “The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the great events for an amateur golfer. Anytime you can play in a USGA event, it is really special. Carlton has worked hard this summer and this is truly the icing on the cake. She will get to play against some of the best players in the world and has earned the great opportunity to compete for a national championship.”
Bond also realizes how special it is for her to participate in the event with Kuhlo.
“I am honored that Carlton has asked me to caddy for her in the tournament,” said Bond. “It will be fun to walk the fairways and help her navigate her way around the course. The goal for the week is to enjoy every moment and see what happens when the last putt drops.”
Past champions of the U.S. Women’s Amateur include some of the greatest names in the history of the sport with Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Catherine Lacoste, Carol Semple Thompson and Beth Daniel among the prestigious list of winners.